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One thing I have wondered about (since the Conservative-Liberal government in the UK a few years ago) is how to get a clear majority when you have more than two parties. As it seems to be now, you have an election, end up with several minority parties, then the party leaders are supposed to work out a coalition.

Another way to do it would be to have a ranked voting system, which would give the voters the choice of the coalition. It would also have the advantage of being "automatic" in the sense that the election results would be calculated immediately, instead of after months of negotiation between the parties.

by asdf on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 01:26:36 PM EST
What is the unstated assumption in the calculation of a majority number of votes for or against a legislative act?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 05:05:39 PM EST
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Not sure what you mean. The stated assumption of ranked voting systems is that "everybody will be ok" with their second or third choice, if their first choice doesn't win.
by asdf on Sat Jan 19th, 2019 at 03:17:50 AM EST
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One thing I have wondered about...is how to get a clear majority when you have more than two parties.

The unstated assumption is, all members of one political group vote identically in opposition to identical votes by every member of another party.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jan 19th, 2019 at 05:01:31 AM EST
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